President of Tibetan People to share peace lessons for the world at URI

Lobsang Sangay to speak Thursday, Feb. 14.

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Lobsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan Administration
Lobsang Sangay. Photo courtesy of the Office of Tibet, Washington D.C.

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 12, 2019 – The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island will host Lobsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan Administration, for an invited lecture Thursday, Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to noon, entitled “Nonviolent Struggle and International Relations of Tibetan People: Peace Lessons for the World”.

The event will be held at the Alumni Center, 73 Upper College Road, Kingston campus. Sangay will be accompanied by Ngodup Tsering, the North American representative of the Dalai Lama.

Sangay is well known for his leadership and efforts to maintain peace and nonviolence in Tibet and Tibetan communities around the world. Sangay is an expert on international human rights law, democratic constitutionalism, and conflict resolution. He became the first Tibetan to earn a doctor of juridical science degree from Harvard Law School. His dissertation was titled, “Democracy in Distress: Is Exile Polity a Remedy? A Case Study of Tibet & Government-in-Exile.”  Sangay has spoken at numerous seminars globally and has organized several major conferences among Chinese, Tibetans, Indians, and Western scholars on open dialogue between China and Tibet.

“We are delighted to welcome Lobsang Sangay to our campus for what promises to be a rare opportunity to hear and learn firsthand about the human rights struggles and ongoing peaceful nonviolent resistance of the Tibetan people seeking freedom and autonomy for the past 60 years,” said Paul Bueno de Mesquita, director of the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies.

Sangay has written opinion pieces for many leading news organizations, such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The Hill. He continues to travel extensively around the world for speaking engagements and leads high-level diplomatic engagements and political advocacy for Tibet. In addition to his visit to URI, Sangay will also be speaking in Washington, D.C. to members of Congress and at the Student Political Union at Yale University.

Alexa Stewart, intern in the Marketing and Communications Department at URI and public relations and communication studies major, wrote this press release.